Descriptive Experience Sampling on the desktop (2010-)
In situ user experience capture
DEScribe is a cross-platform Java open source application for Descriptive Experience Sampling, inspired by the method created by Russel T. Hurlburt. It aims at collecting diaries related to user experience of desktop applications. It can be parametrized from random to event-based questionning. The development is aperiodic, but not ended.
The user is interrupted once or twice a day by a popup asking him what he was just experiencing. The popup can present various types of questions, and be triggered by specific system events. The answer, as well as a screenshot are recorded.
Users can review theirs sessions and suppress whatever data they want, before exporting it to the scientist that initiated the experiment.